By: Maggi Gallaspy
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It’s that time of year again! The temperature is dropping, fireplaces are crackling and Christmas lights are shining. As we transition from pumpkin spice to balsam fir, it’s easy to let the stress of the holidays get to us. Sometimes shopping for the holidays can feel like a chore. Between family gatherings, office parties, and festive activities, it’s hard to find the time to pick the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
If that sounds like you, don’t worry. This year, we’re giving you the gift that keeps on giving! We’ve put together a complete “Hub City” gift guide for everyone in your life – from the outdoorsman to the foodie!
So, bundle up, hop in the car, put on your favorite Christmas playlist and stop by Ninety-Two for a sugar cookie latte or caramel apple cider to get you in the holiday spirit. It’s time to shop local!
First up, we’ve got the perfect gift ideas for all the husbands, dads and guys in your life that are hard to shop for. To me, the perfect gift needs to meet two criteria: include a personalized element and be usable in everyday life. Lee Elmers trademark leatherwork does just that. Choose from customized leather belts, knife sheaths, kitchen & barware, baseball caps and more. Shop inventory items at 3501 50th St. or contact founder Cason Grantham to design a quality product your loved one will cherish forever.
Mountain Hideaway was made for the outdoorsman and adventurist in your life. With a backcountry state of mind, this outfitter carries brands from Patagonia and North Face to Danner and Rumpl. Shop their selection of camping equipment, hiking gear, protective clothing and more. No doubt you’ll leave with the perfect provisions for your loved ones’ next adventure.
Where my girls at? When I think about shopping for my mom, sister and besties, there are two local stores that come to mind. For the college girls, Piper is home to fashion-forward clothing items and gifts. Puffer jackets and windbreaker shorts, game day essentials and happy slippers, gold statement jewelry and knotted headbands, the options are endless.
Chrome is home to the trendiest selection of home decor, accessories and outfits. You can also find Anthropologie exclusives here along with everyone’s favorite scent, the Capri Blue Volcano candle. This upscale, hip boutique will satisfy every holiday want on the girlies’ wishlists.
When looking to check multiple items off your list with one stop, one place comes to mind. Home to over 120 local artisan vendors, the Wolfforth Farmers Market is the perfect place to shop on a Saturday morning. You’ll have the opportunity to pick up holiday-inspired treats, clothing, and home goods.
For your furry friends, The Suburban Pet sells everything from handcrafted pet beds to accessories including banadanas, collars and leashes! Send your four-legged family member into the new year in style with these adorable items.
Set the guys in your life up for success with a self-care routine by West Texas Beard Co. From cologne to shaving products and beard care essentials, this family-run shop crafts top-notch products that make the perfect gift. Customer favorites include the beard balm and oil in scents Cowboy and Maverick.
We all know someone who loves bags. Crossbody, makeup carriers, totes, clutches and everything in between – name it and they want it. Joy Waguu sells eclectic bags and jewelry pieces handmade by women and girls learning trade in Colombia. You can’t go wrong with any of their products for the loved one in your life that values something unique, usable every day and made with a purpose.
Lastly, I’ll mention one of my favorite stops at the farmers market. For the homemakers and hostesses in your life, Candle Freak by Abby will be your saving grace. These hand-poured wood-wick candles make the perfect stocking stuffer. You can’t go wrong with any scent, but I recommend rugged man and vanilla whiskey for year-round burning. If you want something holiday-specific, cinnamon stix is the way to go!
I’ve got one more product that deserves a shout out, and this one is for you! Take some of the stress out of hosting and prepping for holiday parties with Hot Ruby. This family recipe hand-bottled for the holidays was made for years in a home on a South Plains farm. Now, you can find it at many local stores including Market Street and Hollyhocks. This drink centers around a cranberry cider and marries cranberry and citrus juices infused with an exquisite blend of spices. Add your favorite spirits for a special treat or find comfort in a heated or iced cup.
Now that you’ve checked all the items off your holiday shopping list, it’s time to sit back relax and enjoy the festivities!
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